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Holiday Greetings from Your
South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team

Seasons Greetings!

We hope this message finds you in good health as we enter the holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we want to take a moment to express our appreciation and to thank you, our South Georgian Bay community, for all your tremendous support of our health and social service organization members of the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT).

As a partnership network of health and social service providers, members of the SGB OHT have been able to accomplish so much together as we work towards our shared purpose of being the healthiest community in Canada. As a community of care, your hopefulness, strength, and acts of kindness towards our staff have made an incredible difference and have not gone unnoticed – thank you!

We also want to acknowledge that the holidays aren’t always happy times. To those of you who are struggling, please know you are not alone. Our SGB OHT is here for you – please reach out if you need support.

From all of us at the SGB OHT, our wish for you this holiday season is that you are filled with hope, health, and happiness now and into the New Year.

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Tips for Keeping Healthy this Season

With the return of the colder weather and the recent rise in flu and other respiratory illnesses, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGB OHT), has put together some tips for keeping healthy now and through the upcoming holiday season. These tips will help keep you and those around you healthy and avoid further strain on our hospital resources.

“To the South Georgian Bay community, we need your help. I highly encourage you to get a new and improved Bivalent COVID-19 booster, especially those 60 and over with underlying medical problems. Getting one of the new Bivalent boosters will make a COVID infection much milder and keep you out of the ER or the hospital. I also strongly encourage you to get your influenza shot,” says Dr. Mark Quigg, Family Physician. “We need your help again to get through what is going to be a very difficult winter. It truly is “your best shot” for a healthy winter.”

Watch the video from Dr. Quigg where he shares more tips for keeping healthy this winter.

Flu Shot Clinics

Many clinics are offering both flu shots and COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses and you can often get them both at the same time. Flu shots are available through your family doctor. If you do not have a doctor, you can dial 2-1-1 or book an appointment at a pharmacy.
Book Your Flu Shot

COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Booster Doses

COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine booster doses are available through community clinics, pop-up and GO-VAXX bus clinics and through pharmacy vaccine locations. You can ask your family doctor about getting your COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine booster dose or visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit vaccination webpage to find out where to get yours.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Vaccination Webpage

More Tips for Keeping Healthy

In addition to getting your COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccine booster doses, and flu shot, simple measures such as staying at home when you feel sick, washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and avoiding touching your face can help keep you healthy.

When gathering indoors, it’s important to ensure proper ventilation like opening a window to improve airflow or using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to decrease the risk of virus transmission. Additional measures such as ensuring you are getting enough sleep, exercising as well as eating well are other ways that can help you stay healthy.

Continuing to take precautions such as masking and social distancing when in crowded public places and when COVID cases are high in the community will also help keep you and those around you safe. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has developed a Community Risk Level to help determine the best ways to protect yourself and others from infection and illness. As the risk-level increases, adding more layers of protection will help decrease your chance of respiratory infections.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit COVID-19 Community Risk Level
COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Respiratory Care Clinic
A COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Respiratory Care Clinic is also available by appointment, for people experiencing COVID-19, cold, flu or other respiratory symptoms who would like to see a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Book an Appointment for the COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Respiratory Care Clinic

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About the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team 

The SGB OHT is a new model of organizing and delivering health care that better connects patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes. We are comprised of eleven anchor partners and a strong network of supporting community organizations. SGB OHT members collaborate with patients, families, caregivers, and the community to co-design the best possible care for our region. To learn more about SGB OHT or get involved, please visit or follow us on social media.

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